Overtime

Dave Ruden offers news, commentary and analysis on the FCIAC and local sports

Overtime Going on Vacation

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Some people have been a little puzzled when I told them I am staying local for my first vacation of the year. The truth is I always take time off right when the high school season ends, and I have no desire to go away. I am going to do many of the things people […] [Read More]
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Taylor Zito: Building on a Strong Start

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(Taylor Zito is coming off a stellar sophomore season as the pitcher for Stamford High School’s softball team, leading the Black Knights to a league playoff berth and a win in the state tournament. Zito will be writing about her travel ball experiences this summer.) By Taylor Zito Hi, my name is Taylor Zito. Today […] [Read More]
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The Fortt Chronicles: Carolina Road Trip

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Stamford High School linebacker Khairi Fortt returned yesterday from a visit to the University of North Carolina. Fortt said the school’s stock has gone up after his two-day trip. “I had a real good time,” Fortt said. “I like the campus, I like the coaches, they treated me well. The team is a good family […] [Read More]
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Patrick Murphy: Looking Back on a Super Sophomore Year

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(Patrick Murphy had a strong sophomore season, earning a starting job on the Trinity Catholic High School baseball team. Murphy will be writing about his experiences playing this summer). By Patrick Murphy Coming into this spring baseball season, I had no idea what to think — would I be good enough to make varsity or […] [Read More]
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Taylor Zito: The Interview

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Ask anyone about Taylor Zito and they will tell you she is funny, personable, warm-hearted…..and a pretty good pitcher. Zito just finished her sophomore season for the the Stamford High School softball team, leading a senior-dominant team to a league playoff berth and a win in the first round of the state tournament. Zito has […] [Read More]
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Fortt to Chronicle Recruiting Process; Zito, Murphy New Bloggers

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Stamford has become accustomed to basketball players making the leap from high school to the highest level of Division I college ball, mostly from the recent parade of Trinity Catholic boys players. But rarely has the city seen it happen with a football player, and certainly not at the plane that Stamford High’s Khairi Fortt […] [Read More]
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Now What?

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It seems like a reasonable question: when you are writing a blog about high school sports, and the high school sports season is over….. Now what? For one, the blog is not shutting down for the summer. Sometime this week I will announce a new pair of guest contributors who will take us inside the […] [Read More]
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Westhill’s Trip to Yankee Stadium Postponed

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The members of the Westhill High School softball team have had  a season of ups and downs, so perhaps it is no surprise that they will have to wait a little longer for the highlight of their year. The team’s trip to Yankee Stadium tomorrow has been rescheduled because of the forecast for rain. The […] [Read More]
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I Swear This is a True Story

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After all these years I thought I had heard everything that could possibly happen in high school sports. Usually there are tales of administrative incompetence or, most often, overbearing parents who double as publicists. Rarely do you hear any stories in which the athletes are the subject of criticism, but the one I heard today […] [Read More]
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Bobby Valentine Blogging for The Advocate

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It is not customary to use my blog to plug the blogs of others, but in this case I think it is important to make an exception. Stamford’s Bobby Valentine, along with his long-time friend and current assistant coach, Frank Ramppen, in a major coup for The Advocate has agreed to keep his hometown in […] [Read More]
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